The Making of Supervisors

Stan Taylor has published several books and papers on Doctoral Supervision and Doctoral Education. In this podcast he talks to Lucas Zinner about supervision training, the assessment of the PhD all around the world, and what his motivation is to engage so passionately in this area.
Stans Profile:

Stans latest publications:
Taylor, S. and Clegg, K. (2021) Towards a Framework for the Recognition of Good Supervisory Practice. In A. Lee and R. Bongaardt (Eds.) The Future of Doctoral Research: Challenges and Opportunities. London, Routledge: 24-238.
Taylor, S. (2021) Towards Describing the Doctoral Education Landscape. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at
Taylor, S. and Humphrey, R. (2021) A Guide for Research Supervisors in Organisations Outside Higher Education. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at
Taylor, S., Kiley M. and Holley, K.A. [Eds.] (2021) The Making of Doctoral Supervisors. London, Routledge. For details please go to
Kumar, S., Kumar, V. & Taylor, S. (2020) A Guide to Online Supervision. UK Council for Graduate Education. Available on-line at

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What you should know about the EUA-CDE

In this episone we will look closer at the EUA CDE, the Council for Doctoral Education of the EUA, the European University Association. We talked to Alexander Hasgall, the Head of the EUA-CDE about activities and goals. We also also asked Alexander what he believes the current major trends in doctoral education are.

This episode is especially directed at newcomers in the area. In these episodes we will try to give you an overview over important topics and institutions.

The EUA-CDE can be found here:

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Going online with transferable skills training: the switch and its impact for trainers and programme managers

Like so many, in the world of transferable skills training we scrambled in 2020 to switch to providing our support online with little prior training or experience to draw on. The switch was a deeply challenging exercise – and many of us have had very positive experience, and we appreciate the many benefits that come from digital practice. Nevertheless, for some there were stiff obstacles of skills gaps, schedule clashes and content or method that cannot be easily converted. The experience of trial and error can be a stressful one, so it was clear to the CUSO in Switzerland that, after a solid eight months of work, action and rush behind us, we needed to provide an opportunity for our trainers to listen to and support their risk-taking, as well as to recognise and share our combined learnings.

In this podcast, Ilaria Orsi, head of the transferable skills programme at the CUSO, is joined by Maura Hannon, a trainer with the CUSO and expert in social media and digital work communication in general, and by Verity Elston, head of career advice for the Graduate Campus at the University of Lausanne. They summarise the discussions held with the CUSO trainers over three separate workshops in December 2020, covering:
– The experience of switching to online format: what people miss, what they enjoy
– The learnings and best practices shared by trainers and programme managers
– The ongoing challenges as we continue to provide our support online in 2021

You can find informtion on CUSO, the Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale here:

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Research careers, well-being and mental health – a summary of our Webinar in February 2021

Todays podcast is recording of our webinar on Research Careers well-being and mental health, which took place on February 3rd 2021.

Our speakers in this webinar were Gabor Kismihok and Desiree Dickerson.
Gabor is the head of the Learning and Skills Analytics research Group at the Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, Germany. He also chairs the recently started COST Action on Researcher Mental Health.
Desiree is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the mental health and well-being of researchers and the academic community. Having worked as a researcher in New Zealand, Australia and Austria, Desiree now works globally with universities, lab groups, and academics in the pursuit of a healthier approach to research.

This is the link to the original PRIDE Webinar:

Here you can find the COST Action on Researcher Mental Health:|Name:overview

Further projects Gabor wanted to mention:

An online AI based training recommender and mentoring system is being set up in this project:

Gabor is involved in a non-profit foundation to help all those researchers, who do not have enough resources to cover high quality training:

This summer the Oeduverse project will launch its first online summer school, where mental health and wellbeing issues will be addressed:

In MCAA there is a referent peer-mentoring service:

If you are struggling with mental health issues, please do not hesitate to consult your local support unit for help.

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“Covid 19, PhDs and Declining Admissions”.

Alina Adriana Minea, professor for engineering and Director of the Doctoral Office at the Technical University of Iasi in Romania and describes the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, especially for the area of doctoral education. She is especially worried about the decline of enrolment numbers due to the Crisis. For Alina it was important to hear how other universities deal with this, so we decided to record a podcast on this topic to start a discussion.

If you want to contact Alina directly you can reach her here:

For discussing this issue with peers, either send us an email to: or post a comment via twitter. You can find us under @PRIDE_Network.

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The History Behind the Salzburg Principles – an interview with Melita Kovacevic

This episode reflects on the history behind the Salzburg Principles. When in February 2005 Rectors and Vice Rectors from all over Europe met up in Salzburg to discuss doctoral education important foundations for the next years were laid. This meeting brought about change in all of Europe. Melita Kovacevic was part of this game-changing event and shares her memories and insights with us.
About the speaker: Melita Kovacevic is Professor at the University of Zagreb, former Vice-Rector for Research and Chair of EUA CDE.
Link to the meeting and publication:

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